The New Four Corners Communty Garden…

May 11, 2010 at 5:54 PM Leave a comment

Despite my proclamation that “The new Four Corners Community Garden will be installed come rain or come shine”, it did not get planted last Friday.  It rained so much overnight Thursday night and into Friday morning that when the crew from Green Corps Chicago came out to examine the soil, they said that it was just too wet to do the planting.  Eleven brave souls came out in the rain ready to help and were sent home with <gasp> clean hands! That was the bad news. The good news is that the crew came back today and got two of the corner gardens planted up.  There are a lot of people who deserve to be thanked.  First of all I want to thank our wonderful volunteers who thought it was important enough to give of their precious time to help make our community a more beautiful place. Thanks to Pam Rock, Marlena Asher, Laura Hastings, Trudy Moore, Akbar Nikzad, Kris Prescott, Kathie Prescott, Karen Wehrle, Denise Hlad, Carol Szalacha.  Thanks to Green Corps Chicago for the assistance of their hard working landscape crew and for providing the money for the beautiful plants.  Special thanks goes to Mary Jo Pesut who came out today and helped me with the planting. We had enough money this year that in addition to the four corners garden  we put in a beautiful wooden  bench and planted six Knock Out rose bushes at th SW corner of Tripp and Irving.

I want to thank the great restaurant owners who donated food for our workers.  Thanks to Mike, owner of Golden Nugget on Irving and Tripp for the hot coffee.  Thanks to Steve, owner of Jeff’s Red Hots at 3901 N. Cicero Ave for the Chicago style (no ketchup!) hot dogs.  Thanks to the new neighborhood chicken place at 3658 W. Irving  Chicken Works & Salad Company owned by Cornel and Voytec  who generously donated 50 pieces of their delicious chicken and BBQ sauce.  This project truly was a joint effort of a vision I had for the neighborhood plus of a lot of people’s hard work.

This spring I have a few suggestions for you.  First of all I urge everyone to walk by the new Four Corners Garden at the intersection of Tripp and Byron Streets.  Take a look at the beautiful new Russian Sage, the red Knock Out roses, the catmint, day lilies and creeping phlox that are now planted there.  Walk north on the west side of Tripp. You will pass the three beautiful garden beds that were planted last fall.  See what’s currently blooming there.  Continue walking north and try out the new  wooden  bench that was installed today and enjoy the red rose bushes that are planted there.   I urge you to patronize the local restaurants who donated food for our workers.  Please say “Thanks” to the owners for being such good neighbors.  Last but not least, if you run into any of the wonderful volunteers listed above who helped with this project, please take a moment to say “Thank You” to them for giving of their precious time to make our beloved Old Irving Park even  more beautiful.
From Mirriam -Webster online: “APPRECIATE: transitive verb. to grasp the nature, worth, quality, or significance of.  to value or admire highly . to recognize with gratitude.  Synonyms: value, prize, treasure, cherish”.                      I couldn’t have said it better myself!   Happy Spring everyone!
Maureen Taylor


"The Garden Nerd"

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